May 2020

The world-leading brand for nitrogen gas springs and gas hydraulic systems

By | May 13th, 2020|Member News|

This week our Member Spotlight turns to KALLER, the world-leading brand for nitrogen gas springs and gas hydraulic systems. It's target markets are the stamping, tooling and counterbalance application sector. They also supply hydraulic suspension systems to the heavy-duty off-road vehicles market. Tell us about the history of KALLER? The company behind KALLER is Strömsholmen, based in a small community, Tranås in Sweden. The company is part of Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), located in the United States. Strömsholmen have been in business since 1876 and for many years have [...]

UK Reshoring Programme: MMMA urge Members to ‘Get on board’

By | May 12th, 2020|Member News|

Over the past two years, the MMMA has supported the UK Reshoring programme initiated by the GTMA. During this time, many hours have been spent putting together a strategy, website design and a UK manufacturing network. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the frailties of many UK supply chains, underlining just how reliant they are on the overseas supply for critical items. There should be more impetus put on re-establishing UK production of these parts to protect SME manufacturing. Twenty-two leading industrial engineering associations are behind the growing Reshoring UK initiative. [...]

KALLER Gas Spring Safety and Maintenance Training Courses

By | May 7th, 2020|Member News|

 It is vital to have basic gas spring technology knowledge, both in theory and practice. Training is a useful tool for maintaining quality, development and revenues. Without a doubt, the KALLER UK maintenance and technology training program is the best and most creative way to fully understand, and appreciate the importance of our safety and reliability features. The training will consist of safe use and understanding of nitrogen-filled gas springs and systems. It will include practical demonstrations and hands-on training including: Fault Diagnosis charging and discharging of gas springs repair [...]

Increase production productivity with KALLER speed control gas springs

By | May 6th, 2020|Member News|

The KALLER Speed Control Gas Springs have been designed to reduce or eliminate blank holder bounce. Speed Control Gas Springs work by slowing down the speed at which the blank holder travels, just before it reaches the start position. This is achieved by damping the Speed Control’s piston rod, returning speed to 0.4 m/s during the last 30 mm of piston rod travel. Are you interested in solutions that can increase your production productivity? Speed, safety and reliability in production tools are critical factors for vehicle manufacturers. Production stopped due [...]

April 2020

The MMMA Response to Covid-19

By | April 9th, 2020|Member News, Uncategorised|

Dear Members, Covid-19 Response  First of all, I hope all our members of the MMMA are well and keeping safe in these very testing times. Above all else our families and loved ones should be our main priority. Covid-19 Response  MACH 2018 None of us know how long the lockdown will continue for and it’s going to be a learning curve as we have never seen before in our lifetime, both personally and in business. As always, we remain strong and continue thinking forward, you should all now [...]

February 2020

Production of complex-shaped car body components: AP&T demonstrates capabilities in tooling for hot forming of high-strength Aluminum

By | February 12th, 2020|Member News|

With AP&T’s production technology for hot forming of aluminum, body components which traditionally consist of several joined parts can be formed in a single step. This technology enables net shape forming and thus also reduced production time and costs for car manufacturers. To demonstrate the possibilities, AP&T conducted a development project in order to design and manufacture a new tool for complex hot forming. The outcome of the project is a concrete example of what AP&T can offer the automotive industry in terms of efficiently building lighter and safer cars [...]

Decade Monitoring Solutions

By | February 4th, 2020|Member News|

Do you want to reduce tool changeover time? Improve repeatability? Reduce the risk of setting issues? Decades 170 slide control lets you save the press RAM position into the tool memory. Once set once the exact position can set automatically from the unit. Our customers have saved 1 hour of changeover time per press line increasing production dramatically.

January 2020

AP&T delivers press hardening lines to Unipres in the UK and France

By | January 23rd, 2020|Uncategorised|

Unipres visits AP&T in Ulricehamn, Sweden. Tsutomu Serizawa and Ryoji Maeda from Unipres in the middle, with Peter Robisch and Yuki Yoshikawa from AP&T on either side. Japanese Unipres supplies many of the world’s major car manufacturers with car body parts made out of pressed sheet metal. The global group has now decided to invest in two complete press hardening lines from AP&T. The first of the two lines will begin operating at Unipres’s British manufacturing center in Sunderland at the beginning of 2020. The second line will [...]

Bruderer UK’s order book boosted by end of political uncertainty

By | January 16th, 2020|Power Press, Press Tooling|

Investment in manufacturing is on the rise following the General Election according to one of the UK’s leading suppliers of precision high-quality stamping and forming technology. Bosses at Bruderer UK are predicting a buoyant 2020 after it revealed a £3million pipeline of projects that include the installation of the latest precision high-speed stamping presses and one high tonnage Zani machine for clients involved in the aerospace, automotive, construction and renewables sectors. Adrian Haller, Managing Director, believes a majority Government has helped to remove some of the uncertainty shrouding industry and [...]

Sales milestone delivers a 10-year birthday present for Worcester Presses

By | January 14th, 2020|Member News|

A Black Country manufacturing specialist is celebrating 10 years of supplying hydraulic presses in the UK by hitting a major sales milestone. Danny Wheldon (P.A.B. Coventry), Russell Hartill (Worcester Presses) and Mark Brazier (P.A.B. Coventry) Worcester Presses, which employs 14 people at its works in Dudley, has recently installed its 50th hydraulic press into P.A.B. (Coventry) to help it cope with an increase in orders from the automotive and aerospace sector. The sheet metal and prototype experts have taken a Yeh Chiun 300 tonne H-Frame hydraulic press that [...]